‘Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich’ group Warrant to rock RidgeFest

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  The hard rock band Warrant is the main event for RidgeFest.

  The band, which achieved enormous success in the late 1980s and early 1990s, will take the stage on Thursday, July 24, and is expected to be major draw for the annual fest, said Mayor Chuck Tokar.
  Warrant is expected to take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Suburban Cowboys will open for the band at 6:30 p.m. The country cover band plays both current hits and classic tunes.
  Warrant, which hailed from Hollywood, Calif., had five albums reach international sales over 10 million. The band first came into the national spotlight with its double platinum debut album “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich,” and one of its singles, “Heaven,” reached No. 1 in Rolling Stone and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  The band continued its success in the early 1990s with the double platinum album “Cherry Pie,” which provided the hit album title song and music video.
  RidgeFest, which will serve as a celebration of the village’s 100th anniversary, will run from July 24-27 at Freedom Park, Birmingham and Oak avenues.
  Fest hours are 5:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, 3-11:30 p.m. Saturday and 2-10:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 on Thursday and Sunday, $10 on Friday and $12 on Saturday. Residents with an ID will be admitted free on Sunday.
  The fest also will feature games, acts and local food vendors. Sunday is designated as children’s day with numerous activities and acts scheduled.
  While Warrant was added to the entertainment lineup for fans of hard rock, the fest will offer live music for every taste.
  Your Villian My Hero will hit the stage on Friday, July 25. The band combines Top 40 pop, club and dance music. The set list includes hits by Lady Ga Ga, Black Eyed Peas, Pink and Outkast. Yacht Rock Review also will play.
  The final day of the fest will feature popular Beatles cover band American English and the Chicago 6, a variety band featuring former Chicago Bears Dan Hampton, Otis Wilson and Steve McMichael.
  Saturday is dedicated to country music as Emerson Drive and Blackberry Smoke take the stage. Emerson Drive is a Canadian band well-known on the country circuit for hits such as “I Should Be Sleeping,” “Fall Into Me,” “Last One Standing” and their chart-topping ballad, “Moments.”
  Blackberry Smoke, meanwhile, has toured with The Marshall Tucker Band, ZZ Top Lynyrd Skynyrd and George Jones. They’ve toured Europe and have had their songs featured in video games and films as well. The band is known for mixing elements of gospel, bluegrass, arena rock, soul and more than a touch of outlaw country.